Creatures of Possibility

The Theological Basis of Human Freedom

by Ingolf U. Dalferth (Author)INGOLF DALFERTH (Author)
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In Creatures of Possibility, preeminent scholar and theologian Ingolf Dalferth explores what it means to be human, defining human beings not by what we do or achieve but by God's creative and saving action.

"Few Protestant theologians today write with the authoritative grasp of the theological tradition that Ingolf Dalferth demonstrates in Creatures of Possibility. Fewer still are capable of bringing this tradition into such an extensive constructive and critical engagement with contemporary thought. Through a series of expositions of Luther, Marion, Derrida, Blumenberg, and Nietzsche, Dalferth shows that the Christian account of human beings as fundamentally passive is so far from being a conservative recoil in the face of modernity's promotion of autonomous rational agency as to be, instead, the founding charter of our creaturely creative possibilities. Creatures of Possibility will surely prove essential reading for anyone concerned with theological anthropology."
--George Pattison, University of Glasgow

"With impressive conceptual precision and insight, Dalferth explores how being created by God invites a deeper appreciation of human giftedness, possibility, and becoming. Christian faith is not a response to an experience of lack; instead, it is an exciting way (initiated by God) to relate to God, God's creation, my fellow human beings, and my own emerging self in this world. This is truly engaging theology."
--Werner G. Jeanrond, University of Oxford

"In this brilliant and provocative study, Dalferth argues against the dominant (and tired) view of human nature as deficient to courageously reimagine what it means to be human in terms of possibility."
--Regina Mara Schwartz, Northwestern University


Ingolf U. Dalferth, Author

Ingolf U. Dalferth (DrTheol, University of Tübingen) is Danforth Professor of Philosophy of Religion at Claremont Graduate University in Claremont, California. He is also professor emeritus in the faculty of theology at the University of Zurich, where he served as director of the Institute of Hermeneutics and Philosophy of Religion for many years. He has held academic positions at the universities of Durham, Tübingen, Frankfurt, Fribourg, and Copenhagen. Dalferth is the author or editor of over forty books, including Crucified and Resurrected: Restructuring the Grammar of Christology, Die Wirklichkeit des Möglichen: Hermeneutische Religionsphilosophie, and Becoming Present: An Inquiry into the Christian Sense of the Presence of God.

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